I read the above meme and thought about how familiar it sounded, and how it really does make it seem like directness is only pathologized in a society that doesn't actually value honesty. So it got me thinking
I'm going to be judging every show by asking two questions: does it portray autism accurately, and does it help or harm the public understanding?
Lots of people tend to feel very passionately about one way or the other about how to indicate that an individual and autism go together.
I was getting prepared for an exciting (to me) butterfly and caterpillar themed month of joint activities when Lady Bug's interest, which had been waning from safari animals, moved on to space!
"When I was young I heard/read the repeated message that it's what's on the inside that counts, beauty is only skin deep, vanity is a sin, and base your self worth on your character, not what other people think about you. Okay," I thought, "that makes sense." And I did it.
I watched it and what was made very clear to me is that Sheldon is indeed not autistic; he's gifted. The public just doesn't understand enough about either to distinguish between the two.
Two questions I see often in facebook groups: "Should I tell my child they're autistic?" and "How do I tell my child they're autistic?"